After over a decade and a half as a full-time Senior Lecturer at Belfast School of Art, I’m embarking on an exciting new phase of my career. As of 9 July, 2018 I am officially a half-time lecturer. As Cara, my wife, puts it: “It’s half the pay, but twice the freedom!”
I’m putting that freedom to good use: I’m writing a new book that maps the user experience design process from start to finish; I’m working with some really interesting businesses (more on that soon); and I’m developing the work I’d begun on Tiny Books. In short: I’m keeping busy.
I just finished John Perry’s The Art of Procrastination, which – as a dyed-in-the-wool procrastinator – I very much enjoyed. Prior to that I read John Carreyrou’s excellent Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, the gripping tale behind Theranos’s rapid rise and long-overdue fall.
I’m currently seven months into a year off alcohol. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m definitely due a break from alcohol, having lived a somewhat hedonistic lifestyle for many, many years. I can, in all honesty, say I’m not missing alcohol one bit.
Coupled with that, I’ve lost around one and a half stone thanks to a determined effort to address my diet and exercise a little more. All in all, the above is a win-win.
This is a now page, outlining what I’m working on at present. If you’ve yet to hear of a now page, Derek Sivers has put together a helpful overview. My past updates are listed below: